Coronavirus Cases Increased in KY; School Districts Keeping a Close Watch

The Coronavirus continues to be the top story all across Kentucky, and here in Russell County, Superintendent of Schools Michael Ford sent an email last night to all Russell County school employees discussing the situation. 

Ford shared an email he had received earlier last evening from State Commissioner of Education Kevin Brown. Brown said that as the situation evolves and more cases are discovered across the state, the Department of Education continues to work closely with the Kentucky Department for Public Health to provide accurate information so schools can strengthen their preparedness and response efforts to our school districts.  

Also Last evening, Governor Andy Beshear, joined by state health officials, announced three additional cases of the virus in Kentucky, bringing the total cases to four — two in Harrison County and one case each in Jefferson and Fayette counties. The governor indicated all four individuals are in isolation.

In the email shared by Superintendent Ford, Commissioner Brown says he knows there continues to be anxiety among our public school families – students, educators and staff members alike – and he reiterated what the governor and health officials have already expressed: this is not a time to panic, as Kentuckians’ risk of getting the virus is relatively low.

All state school superintendents will participate in a scheduled Webcast this afternoon and will be joined by state health department officials to discuss the situation and share any updates.

WJRS Local News will continue to monitor the virus outbreak across the state, and of course here locally, and will provide any updates and additional information as it becomes available.

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